On the Path of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
Getting rich as change agent
A popular coach, while celebrating a successful soccer game, was asked how his team managed to win. He responded, “A game isn’t won on the field but on the field of proper preparation.” It is the same way with success in life. It is those who prepared for success in advance who ultimately win.
The educated elite has knowledge which makes him an advocate. The getting of a sound education enables a change agent pursue change with ease, communicating effectively with boldness, for knowledge as power, emboldens you when knowledge is thoroughly obtained. A change agent starts his career early and continues without retiring until death, and even after death like Martin Luther King Jnr.
In your pursuit of greatness, you need three things to survive. One, faith to strengthen and support your activities. Faith enables you to accomplish your goals. Two, family solidarity, you gain support from them while pursuing your goals. Three, friends with which to share your dreams. They offer helping hands for your success. If you are surrounded by strong faith which keeps you going in the middle of challenges; your family to boost your hopes, and faithful friends to promote your dreams, you will soar high as a star in the firmament.
Here are 12 tips for productive action in your pursuit of abundance. One, think ahead, look before you leap, lest you fall into a pit. Rash action can lead to destruction. Be very careful in front of the media, because they can twist your response. Sometimes, you can employ the service of a lawyer to help you act diplomatically.
Two, identify necessary time frame in the achievement of your set goals. Getting things done at the appropriate time is vital to your overall success. Never procrastinate, take action with immediate effect. Three, pursue excellence, it is essential for you as a change agent in order to make a difference. You have to be committed to excellence in order for you to deliver change. Mediocrity is the hobgoblin of little minds. Four, notice and communicate progress report. Maintain a strong line of communication by carrying everybody along. Make no secret of your distrust. You must let your members know the progress and challenges so that they can help you attain your wishes. You cannot become rich alone. You have to make others rich before you can become a millionaire.
Five, develop leadership traits by reproducing leaders. Manufacturers produce products that can be reproduced which is why as a challenge agent you must develop leaders in order that you must earn your name. Create a team from where others can succeed you as leaders. Let your disciples know that leadership is a wonderful opportunity to shine and excel. Let your disciples be willing to aspire to leadership positions and lead like you. Be a good example that your disciples can emulate.
Six, promote learning by being an epitome of erudition. Make an investment in learning by showing a passion for accuracy, competence and statistics.
Seven, always take appropriate action on time. Cut your coat according to your size. Step by step, slow and steady wins the race. Finish every task you start. Don’t start a project you cannot finish. Eight, be ethical, but ethics cannot be used as excuse for inaction. Nine, correspond with those who can help you. Let experts, people who had leadership experience use their empirical knowledge to assist you in decision-making. Execute projects with experts that will boost the changing-the-world process.
Ten, be organized, a change agent in disarray cannot change the world. Focus your actions on tasks related to your goal. Don’t be a ghost leader, always be at where the action is, to achieve excellent performance.
Eleven, always keep hope alive, whatever the odds against you. Hope drives action. The hope of success keeps the change agent confident and faithful. The man of action lives with the Biblical passage which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Since the power to make change belongs to God, your faith and hope can help you attain indelible change. Finally, you can create opportunities for others by creating things differently. Gather a mastermind around yourself. Occupy your associates with reasonable assignments. Give them your mission statement. Let them know their opinions are welcome.
Indeed, other techniques and tactics of making change include: Having a goal. Back your goal with action. Change is a process, follow it to the end. Don’t allow others to distract you. Only participants can advise you, only they can change the rules leading to the attainment of your goal. In your pursuit of abundance, people are either allies or targets. So think out how you are going to treat the people.
The great obstacles to change are fear, apathy and ignorance. Conquer fear by ignoring what others are saying. Use action to destroy apathy. By acting courageously, facing the situation you conquer the indecision created by apathy. Ignorance is a toxin. Banish it by acquiring all the knowledge you need to gain your heart’s desires. Also, use the power, knowledge and focus of your mastermind group to break all obstacles erected against you. If your environment isn’t conducive to the attainment of your goals, leave the place. That was what Jesus did to attain his goals. Jesus was born in Nazareth. When he started his ministry there, he was despised. He then moved to Capanaum, where he prospered and became the greatest man who ever lived.
Our champion for today is Paul Robin Krugman, the winner of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his contributions to the New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.
According to the Nobel Committee, the prize was given Krugman for his work explaining the patterns of trade and the geographic concentration of wealth, by examining the effects of economies of scale and of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services. Krugman was born in February 1953, in Albany, New York. He earned his BA economics from Yale University with first class honours, in 1974 and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977. While in MIT, he was part of a group sent to work at the Central Bank of Portugal for three months in 1976 – in the aftermath of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal at that time.
In 1978 Krugman wrote the Theory of Interstellar Trade, an essay on interest rates. It was bestseller – among economists. He joined MIT in 1979. He then spent a year working at the Reagan White House as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. He was promoted Professor of Economics at MIT in 1984. Krugman has also taught at Stanford, Yale and the London Scholl of Economics (LSE), U.K.
In 2000, Krugman joined Princeton University as professor. He is currently Centenary Professor at LSE and his best known job as an economics columnist for the New York Times. In recognition of his influence, The Washington Monthly called him the most important political columnist in America. He has been ranked as the 14th most influential economist in the world as of March 2011.
Krugman has been married twice. Robin Bergman his first wife is an award winning designer. He is currently married to Robin Wells, an academic economist with whom he collaborated on many books including an undergraduate textbook on economics. Krugman has done very much to revive the Keynesian resurgence during the 2008/2010 economic recession, so much so that commentators referred to it as Krugman insurgency.